The victim in the May 1 shooting in North Delta has been identified as 29-year-old Bikramdeep Randhawa of Surrey. Mr. Randhawa was not known to police.
“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends, as they now start to deal with their loss,” says Inspector Guy Leeson, head of Investigative Services for Delta Police.
He says that based on the behaviour on May 1 of the suspects, the incident is considered to be targeted. However the motive for the shooting is not known.
“We’re looking at all possible aspects as to why this crime was committed,” says Insp. Leeson. “We will examine every potential motive thoroughly. Whether it was a case of mistaken identity, a matter related to his personal life or if there is a possibility the shooting was related to the victim’s occupation.” Mr. Randhawa was a provincial Corrections Officer.
“We’re asking anyone who knew Mr. Randhawa, or who could have information related to why he was targeted in this manner, to please contact police at 604-946-4411, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477,” says Insp. Leeson.
Police are also confirming that a suspect vehicle involved in this incident was discovered burned in Burnaby on May 1.
No arrests have been made in relation to the shooting and police are not releasing any information about the possible suspects in this matter.
Delta Police have been in communication with BC Corrections and other law enforcement partners about possible links to other incidents in Metro Vancouver, but at this point police are not able to determine whether this shooting can be linked to the gang conflict.
While the investigation continued last night quite a few drivers were unable to access their vehicles that were behind police crime scene tape.
“Our officers worked through the night on this investigation, securing evidence, and were able to significantly shrink the size of the crime scene shortly after 5 am, May 2. We want to thank those drivers for their patience and understanding. We are working hard to ensure we don’t miss even the smallest detail,” says Insp. Leeson.
The crime scene has now been released, and all vehicles may now be picked up by drivers.